Well that’s Conquer The Cliff done again, it started off a little stress full the gravel on the tracks was like riding on ball bearings, my brand new Mountain Kings seemed to have no grip at all and then to make it even worse as I was coming off the tram at the top of the hill my front tyre hit something on the steeps and blew a hole straight through the side wall, sealant went everywhere and I had to push the bike all the way back down the hill, dad got the remaining fluid out popped a tube in and off I went back to the top, I managed another two practise runs and then it was race time.
When I arrived at the top for my race run you could see the rain rolling up cardigan bay, oh no last year when it rained a few of the corners became skating rings, I think I was lucky as I got to the bottom without any problems the rain got heavier but didn’t affect my run and I was 10 seconds faster than last year, I had another hour and a half to wait until my next run so time for a chat and a chill, by the time my next run came the track had dried out but still had a little moisture which seemed to help with grip and knocked another second and half off my time which left me in seventh in my class, not to bad with the class of rider that was in it.
Got a pair of these coming for my Nukeproof so I can go trail riding on it and get more used to the bike before the start of the DH races, they will roll a lot quicker than my DH tyres as when I first got the Nukeproof I rode it at Nant Y Arian and on the ups it was really hard work on Schwalbe Magic Mary’s, the other plan for these tyres is Aberystwyth and Conquer The Cliff Race, when I did it last year on my Stance there wasn’t any need for a full on DH tyre so they will come in handy then as well, when I did it on my Stance I used the Trail Kings which worked fantastic, the Rubber Queen is the fore runner to the Trail King so should be spot on.
So more thanks to Continental for making such fantastic tyres, hope I can get a fantastic result as well.
Giant Stance STD Spec
For the price the std Giant stance is a good buy, we got this last Christmas from JE James they had xs bikes on special offer and xs full suspension bikes are few and far between and the perfect size for me, they had lowered the price from £999 to £699 which was a good deal but right after Christmas money is a little short, then they had another 10% of all bikes until New Years day so making it £630.00 and making it the sort of price we had been looking at secondhand bikes so the deal was done, in the New Year an email arrived from JE James saying there was a 2 mm scratch on the front rim and did we still want the bike if they did it for £600, when it arrived the scratch was that small it took a bit of finding, quick touch with a permanent marker and no one would ever know.
Over this year the bike has been ridden hard and had a few alterations to the front suspension and wheels, we swapped the Rockshox 120mm XC 30’s for a pair of Rockshox Revelation 140mm RCT3 forks what a difference in feel and also slackened the head angle a little, we managed to get a pair of Syncros wheels secondhand cheap this also made a huge difference in weight to the std Giant wheels and also as the Syncross wheels are cartridge bearing front and rear seem to roll a lot better they really transformed the bike They came set up on the rear 142mm x 12mm and thanks to the help of Madison UK we got some adaptors to convert the wheel to 135mm x 9mm QR, we also use the tyres tubeless so no punctures in around 12 months and the only other thing that was altered was the bars to Nukeproof Warhead which was more for looks but are a little lighter than std bars, just with these few mods which came in around £200 the bike is now easier to ride ( feels a lot lighter and when we weighed the bike the mods had saved 5lb ) and real flier.
Dan Cartwright enjoyed his very first downhill race at “Conquer The Cliff” at Aberystwyth. He even managed 2nd in Rippers category which was great for his first race and he got a lovely trophy. He was the very first rider to start of the whole event and the first run was a dry run and he was just 5 seconds behind the first place rider but as there were thunderstorms rain and lightening just before his second run he didn’t manage to improve on his time. The first place rider in his category fell off hard on his second run so didn’t complete the lap. A lot of riders took part in the event and Caersws had a good representation on the day with 3 x 2nd place in categories and one 4th place, not bad for a small village in Wales (boys pictured above). Dan saw his hero Rachel Atherton who was also riding but was a bit quicker than him on the day ! An enjoyable event to start his downhill racing career off and a great first result.